Job Posting: U.S.-Mexico Borderlands History (TT) at TCU!

Dear readers, we wanted to make you aware of a job search Texas Christian University is conducting. They’re looking for qualified applications to fill a tenure-track position in U.S.-Mexico Borderlands History in the Department of History and Geography. The position includes teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, and directing MA and PhD studies, among other duties. There’s a 3/2 teaching load and research support. Questions regarding the position can be sent to the search committee char, Gregg Cantrell:

For more information, follow the link:

Good luck!

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Oscar Martinez to Speak at UTEP

FYI, for readers who will be in the area…

Flyer-Oscar Martinez

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Fellowship in Latino Studies from The School for Advanced Research

Good day, BHB readers! We just came across an interesting fellowship opportunity and wanted to share it with you. The School for Advanced Research, located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is accepting applications for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship in Latino Studies. Qualified applicants will have completed their PhD in anthropology, history, sociology, religious studies, Latino/Chicano Studies or related fields by the application deadline, which is November 2, 2015. For more information, follow the link and good luck!

Details for the fellowship:

How to apply:

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Borderlands History Interview Project Presents Monica Perales

Monica Perales

Monica Perales

Welcome to another installment of the Borderlands History Interview Project. We have been away too long, but we’ve been thinking about you! Today, we are offering a fantastic interview with Dr. Monica Perales, Associate Professor at the University of Houston. She received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Texas at El Paso, and went on to complete her Ph.D. in history at Stanford University. She is also the author of Smeltertown: Making and Remembering a Southwest Border Community and the forthcoming article “The ‘New Mexican Way’: The New Mexico Agricultural Extension Agency, Hispanas, and Making a Regional Cuisine,” in Meredith Abarca and Consuelo Salas, eds., Latinas/os’ Invisible and Visible Presences in the Food Systems: Changing How We Eat and Who We Are.

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BOOK REVIEW: Scotland’s Northwest Frontier: A Forgotten British Borderland

In today’s guest post, we present a book review by Stephen Kostes on borders and frontiers in the UK. Stephen is a Stony Brook History M.A. recipient (2015) and is interested in the British empire’s use of colonial troops and how these soldiers eventually created their own martial borderland culture. He is contemplating a dissertation that would study this concept of martial borderlands as they existed in the 18th and 19th century. 

Alister Farquhar Matheson, Scotland’s Northwest Frontier: A Forgotten British Borderland. Matador Press, 2014.

Scotland’s Northwest Frontier is a massive but accessible work that traces the history of Scotland from roughly 1,000 C.E. to the twentieth century. It focuses specifically on the Northwest frontier and analyzes the roles of both the Hebrides and Highlands in shaping the cultural and political landscape of Scotland.

The book is split into four major segments, each containing several chapters that chronologically trace the development of Scotland. The first segment gives the reader a virtual tour of the landscape of the Highlands. Though Matheson lists the names of various Scottish territories, he makes the mistake of never giving the reader a map, making it difficult for someone unfamiliar with Scotland to keep track of every territory. The first segment is by far the shortest, and is more of an extended introduction that introduces the book’s core themes. The main one is how the Northwest frontier helped shape, divide, and unite different Scottish clans from the medieval to the modern era. Secondary is the frontier’s role in cross country trade, and the eventual destruction of the Highland way of life.

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Job Posting: Assistant Professor of Comparative Borderlands (TT) at Oklahoma State University

Hello everyone! The Department of History at Oklahoma State University is looking for qualified applications for a specialist to fill the position of Assistant Professor in Comparative Borderlands. It’s a tenure-track position with a 2/2 teaching load and research funding available. We wanted to make you aware of the opportunity, and for more information, follow the link below:

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Conference Dispatch: Coloquio de la Constitución de 1917 y el constitucionalismo en el noroeste de Mexico

Within a few years, Mexico’s Constitution of 1917 will mark its 100th anniversary. In preparation, since 2013, the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas has organized a series of conferences, involving more than 100 scholars and up to 50 individual institutions. They form part of Dr. Catherine Andrew’s project on constitutionalism, exploring the social and political legacy of this topic in Mexican history. The goal has been to produce new and original academic works that examine the Constitution of 1917’s significance from local, regional, and national perspectives, examining Mexico’s history over the last century as well as encouraging reflection on the country’s future. Last week marked the close of the most recent conference hosted by the CIDE in Aguascalientes.

The conference examined the impact of constitutionalism on northwestern Mexico and opened with a session by Ignacio Marván from the División de Ciencias Políticas at CIDE. He spoke in depth about Venustiano Carranza and his legacy not only as a political and military leader nationally, but Dr. Marván also talked about his legislative work as a senator from Coahuila and how that experience informed his political philosophy in subsequent years. Later, the first morning panel led to a spirited discussion in the Q&A about Villa’s legacy.

Luis Barrón and Ignacio Marván

Luis Barrón and Ignacio Marván

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New UTEP Fellowships Supporting Study of Borderlands History

In light of current events and heightened political rhetoric worldwide, the study of borderlands is becoming increasingly important. Our friends at H-Borderlands have good news to share: The Department of History at the University of Texas at El Paso has announced new doctoral fellowships to support graduate study in the field of Borderlands History. The deadline for applications is in January 2016. For more information, follow the link below:

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Job Announcement: Arizona State University

Good day, everyone! In case you haven’t seen the announcement, we wanted to bring your attention to a job opening at Arizona State University. The School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies is looking for qualified applicants to fill a tenure-eligible position in Modern Mexican History to begin in August 2016. For more information, check out the link below:

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BOOK REVIEW: Border Patrol Nation

In today’s latest guest post, we’re excited to feature the work of Terry Maccarrone! Terry is a Master’s candidate in history at Stony Brook. His areas of interest are wide-ranging but tend to focus on European and Asian history, international relations, and theories of nationalism and state building.

Miller, Todd. Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security. San Francisco: City Lights Publishers, 2014.

Todd Miller’s journalistic examination of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s divisions of Customs & Border Protection (CPB) and Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) operates from a noticeable anti-establishment perspective bias, disapproving of post-9/11 immigration-related policies instituted by the U.S. government. In his on-the-ground accounts of encounters with CPB and ICE that are disturbing at best, Miller offers some readers an emotional, provocative look at a flawed immigration (and immigration control) system, and gives others who would not initially be inclined to object to U.S. governmental policies a shock to their systems.


Throughout the book, Miller portrays the CPB and ICE as pseudo-Fascist thugs, part of a neo-Borderland Security-Industrial Complex that works to overstate the immigrant border threat, keep detention center beds filled, and reap the federal budget dollar bonanza. Unfortunately, the phraseology he uses in his works evokes images of blind, order-following Nazi Storm Troopers and indoctrinated Hitler Youth, rather than a more balanced investigation of CPB and ICE offices, agents, and policies. Miller succeeds, however, in eliciting an emotional response from the reader through his depictions of the abuse suffered by migrant victims at the hands of these agencies. His interviews with victims, advocates, and officials are powerful, but the book would have been more well-rounded with more counterevidence that might have defended the agencies’ actions or rationales. This is a criticism, however, that some might find more applicable to a strictly academic study rather than one journalist’s purposefully provocative take on the current border crisis.

Structurally, the book is well composed, and discusses both the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borders for those interested in comparing the two regions. A chapter on the Haiti-Dominican Republic border attempts to analyze the overreach of the CPB into foreign states—and communicate Miller’s objection to North American meddling in the affairs of other states—but some readers may find this chapter tangential or out of place. Overall, though, Miller succeeds in offering a thought-provoking book that compels its readers—no matter their political viewpoint—to delve further into the case studies and arguments raised therein about the legal and human consequences of post-9/11 security concerns.

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